19 Years later and still in love with the web

I started the same way we all do: What’s this “web” thing? What does it do? Fast-forward through 20 years (almost) of exploring, building, re-building, coding, holding web jobs in education, government, and the private sector, all while sponging up every drop of info that I can, and I have a confession: I love-love-love the web. I totally _heart_ packets. Most of all, I love what the web lets us do.

Keeping the flame alive

Here’re some of the amazing things we can do via the web:

  • Get the word out
  • Build communities and brands
  • Ask or answer questions
  • Find information
  • Post cute pictures of kittens

The best thing the web does, though, is demolish the barriers to freedom of the press. It used to be (back when TV was black & white 😉 ) that while we all technically enjoyed the freedom of the press, you had to actually own a press to print anything. Now, though, since Al Gore invented the Internet, any of us — including you! especially you! — can print anything we want, any time of the day or night, and instantly disseminate it world-wide.

Bona Fides

Speaking: I’m a four-time presenter at the National Association of Government Webmasters Annual Conference, and I speak regularly about the intersections of the web and business to local and regional Chambers of Commerce, business associations, and pretty much anywhere else they let me in the door. Let me know if you’d like me to speak for free to your group!

Like a lot of other professionals, I have had lots of acronyms that follow my name, which mean I hold these following certifications:

  • W3C xhtml certified
  • CompTia Netwok+
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • GSEC

I’ve also been a little obsessed with computer and network security, lately, so I’ve taken classes for CompTia Security Plus, and C|EH, though I haven’t sat for those certification exams yet.

The professional accomplishment I’m most proud of, though, is my track record of helping regular folks understand and leverage technology. I love helping someone come to that “Aha!” moment.

 Other bits and bobs about me:

  • I’m married with a couple kids (and they love the web, too!)
  • When I’m not online, I like to get out in the woods or on the water
  • I love to bake bread and make beer. In fact, if it involves yeast farts, I’m in.
  • One of these days, I’m finally going to earn my pilot’s license. No, really.